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Bellingham rejected five English clubs, including Man City, Arsenal, to join Real Madrid

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Borussia Dortmund announced the departure of Jude Bellingham to Real Madrid yesterday, in what was a major milestone for the club heading into the summer transfer window.

The Borussia Dortmund midfielder has signed a six-year contract with Los Blancos, who are set to pay €103 million for his services. Bellingham will undoubtedly be Real Madrid’s marquee signing for the season ahead, but signing the Englishman was not easy by any means.

According to Jose Luis Sanchez, Bellingham had knocked back a series of Premier League clubs before signing for Real Madrid. The Spanish journalist points out Manchester City, Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester United, and Chelsea as the list of clubs Bellingham had turned down.

These are essentially the five of the ‘Big Six’ clubs in the Premier League, which goes on to show how much Bellingham wanted to be a part of the Real Madrid project.

It must be noted that joining Man City could have been an easy way out for Bellingham, especially with the chance to reunite with former Dortmund teammate and close friend Erling Haaland. But the youngster had no intention of joining an ‘oil club’.

Liverpool were touted as another potential destination for the former Birmingham City starlet. But the player ultimately opted for a move to Real Madrid, where he could become the face of the club’s midfield unit in the years to come.

Real Madrid, meanwhile, are not expected to hold back in the summer transfer window even after securing Bellingham. The club might go after a new striker, after freshly losing Karim Benzema on a free transfer to Al-Ittihad.

Reports suggest Real Madrid could end up investing around €300-400 million in the market this summer. That implies Bellingham will just be the start of a busy summer ahead, as the club look to significantly strengthen their squad ahead of the new season.

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Real Madrid out-of-favour defender now unlikely to leave the club

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Real Madrid missed out on the signing of Leny Yoro after deciding not to match Manchester United’s offer for the 18-year-old defender.

With the French prodigy now on his way to the Premier League, Los Blancos are assessing their options before deciding whether to sign a new centre-back or not.

As things stand, the reigning champions of Spain and Europe seem to be leaning towards relying on their existing options rather than going into the market.

Jesus Vallejo unlikely to leave

As such, MARCA reports that the likelihood of Jesus Vallejo leaving the club have now significantly reduced.

Indeed, the 27-year-old out-of-favour defender now appears more and more likely to continue at Real Madrid beyond this summer.

Set to stay. (Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images)

Vallejo returned to the Santiago Bernabeu after finishing his loan stint at Granada during which he hardly played due to injury and fitness woes.

As such, reports suggested that Carlo Ancelotti & co. were not planning on counting on him next season, even though he was handed a new shirt number recently.

But with the Leny Yoro operation collapsing and Real Madrid not keen on recruiting anyone from the market at this point, the Spanish ace is now unlikely to leave the club.

With David Alaba still sidelined, Antonio Rudiger and Eder Militao will start the new season as the first-choice centre-back pairing and Vallejo will serve as the backup while Aurelien Tchouameni will also be an option.

Vallejo, for his part, wanted to stay put and see out his contract which expires in 2025. And, as things stand, it appears that the player will get his wish.

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